Larry Burch, STEAM educator and aerospace engineer with decades of experience in creative design for a major aerospace company, has turned his talents to education. For the past five years, he has delved into the Maker Revolution. He runs the Make Track at LOSCON, the longest-running science fiction convention, and teaches physical computing, aka programming with Arduinos, at UCI’s Summer Robotics Program and at Urban Workshop. He leads workshops at several events (OC Mini-Maker Faire, So Cal Maker Con, TEDx and Beall Family Day at UCI) because he loves sharing his passion for making interesting gadgets.
Jessica Best is going into her third year offering STEAM enrichment to elementary aged kids. She has a background in Art and Design, and worked for eight years as a web developer. Her passion is to create a safe space for kids to explore who they are and what their interests are, and to create Lifelong Learners. She has two boys and also runs an after-school program through Curiosity Hacked.
Bequi Howarth has been instrumental in organizing 7 Mini Maker Faires in Southern California, three in Orange County, one in San Diego and one in Riverside, over the past 5 years. She has been active in the homeschool community for 18 years, and has recently partnered with STEAM Powered Education to bring science, technology, engineering, art and math to kids.